A tractor-trailer slammed into a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 27 in Polk County this week, resulting in the death of one person and causing a chain reaction of crashes.
In total, three separate crashes involving nine vehicles occurred in the Lake Wales area.
According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, the semi was traveling south when it drifted into the northbound lanes around 5:30 a.m. apparently due to poor visibility.
The tractor-trailer smashed into a motorcycle and a Ford Expedition. The 47-year-old motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Expedition was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
A second crash occurred in a northbound lane just south of the first involving a Chrysler minivan, a Toyota RAV-4, a Dodge Charger and a Ford pickup truck. All occupants of the vehicles were taken to hospitals. Their injuries were not considered serious.
No one was apparently injured in a third crash that occurred in the southbound lanes, involving a Mitsubishi car and a Ford Taurus.
Authorities claim the poor visibility that caused the stream of collisions was the result of fog or smoke from a controlled burn about 1.5 miles away.
The series of collisions remain under investigation.
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